About the course
The Bracknell Forest Partnership teacher training programme gives you the opportunity to experience life in a school whilst working towards your Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).
The programme is a one-year school based full-time route into teaching that, alongside classroom teaching, includes lesson observation, training within a host and second school; partnership based training days and time spent at the University of Reading.
With Bracknell Forest schools you will have the opportunity to experience teaching all age and ability groups. Our schools have very good facilities and access to technology, including interactive whiteboards,
At your host school you will be assigned a learning mentor, a qualified, experienced teacher who will work alongside you and support your professional development. You will meet with them at regular intervals throughout the year to review your individual training plan and to set professional development targets. Being based in the school you are surrounded by experts and there is always someone to ask for help advice or just to discuss your learning. You can also network with previous years trainees.
One morning a week will be spent on professional studies, where experts from across the partnership schools will offer you an insight into particular topics that will help you as a teacher, either developing your own skills, or enabling you to better understand the needs of your pupils. Training will either take place internally or you will train with all School Direct trainees in one of the other partnership schools.
To achieve your PGCE you are required to complete a written assignment each term, these will be set and marked by the University and complement your study towards qualified teacher status, allowing you to study and research particular topics in depth. This work is also worth up to 60 credits towards a Masters degree.
Modern Foreign Languages departments in Bracknell Forest bring the Curriculum to life through creative and inspiring teaching of French, German and Spanish.
Learning languages is as much about developing cultural awareness as about teaching vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation so teaching with total immersion in the target language is common to develop spontaneity in the productive skills of speaking and writing.
You could also have the opportunity to get involved in extra-curricular clubs, visits and exchange programmes, which we highly regard as excellent opportunities to bring their language learning to life in authentic settings.
Once we receive your application, we will undertake a short listing process. For practical reasons we cannot interview everyone so please ensure your application tells us all the relevant skills, knowledge and experience you have to offer.
The ability to relate to and motivate young people is essential, and successful applicants will be those who will work well as part of a team, who are able to reflect on their own learning, be highly organised with good personal communication skills and keen to play a part in the wider life of the school.
The strongest candidates will be invited to an interview, at one of the partnership schools. Here you will have the opportunity to demonstrate your rapport with young people, subject knowledge and other professional skills, through a variety of recruitment activities, including:
• A tour of the school
• A written test
• Presentation and discussion with a group of students
• Formal Interview
The University of Reading will also be involved with the selection process to ensure applicants can meet the academic requirements of the course.
How school placements work
Our partnership schools include:
The Brakenhale School RG12 7BA
Charters School SL5 9QY
Easthampstead Park Community School RG12 8FS
Edgbarrow School RG45 7HZ
Garth Hill College RG12 2AD
Ranelagh CE School RG12 9DA
Sandhurst School GU47 0SD
Successful applicants will be allocated to schools after interview, so we can best match trainees to schools. Geographical preference will be taken into account where possible.
School Direct is a personalised route to qualified teacher status and your initial teaching responsibilities will be influenced by prior experience, however you can be sure you will have a structured introduction into teaching and can expect to build up your teaching gradually.
During the first half of the autumn term you will observe lessons, work with small groups and teach with another teacher in your subject, using their lesson plans. Gradually as the term goes on you will have the chance to develop your own lesson plans and will take on more teaching with the focus being on shared teaching. In the first half of the term you will spend two days a week at the University, building knowledge relating to teaching your subject area.
In the Spring term you will spend two separate weeks at the university in January and February. After the first week you will start a second school placement in another school in the partnership. The focus moves to guided teaching and you will work towards teaching 50% of the week.
After the Easter break leading up to the summer half term (May) you will have an extended period of teaching, during which you should expect to become increasingly independent in taking responsibility for teaching and learning. For your final half term of training, if you have already demonstrated that you are meeting the requirements of the Teaching Standards, you will have the opportunity to gain additional experience beyond your normal teaching timetable.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
You could be eligible for either:
- a scholarship of £28,000
- a bursary of £26,000
With a scholarship or bursary, you'll also get early career payments of £2,000 each in your second, third and fourth years of teaching (£3,000 in some areas of England).
To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in French or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.
You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.
Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility for bursaries and how you’ll be paid.
You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.
Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
You are required to hold a UK honours degree or equivalent before commencing teacher training. You may still be completing your degree when you apply.
Your degree should be in, or closely related to, your proposed teaching subject. If your degree is not in the subject you wish to teach, please contact us at email@example.com to discuss the qualifications/knowledge required to teach this subject.
You will also need to have achieved Grade 4 (or C) or above in GCSE Mathematics and English or equivalent.
Please note: International qualifications require NARIC certification. We will request this before considering you for interview.
We are looking for potential teachers with a passion for their subject, a desire to immerse themselves in the school community and to take responsibility for their professional growth and development.
The ability to relate to and motivate young people is essential. Their enthusiasm and depth of knowledge for their subject should be apparent as should their keenness to share this with pupils.
We are looking for highly motivated, enthusiastic individuals, who set their own high standards, work well as part of a team, are able to reflect on their own learning and set appropriate targets for their own development.
Before you commence training you will need to:
- receive a satisfactory medical report and meet the standards for 'Fitness to Teach'
- complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced level check.
- have completed any subject knowledge requirements
About the training provider
You will have the opportunity to receive invaluable ‘on the job’ experience in school with the Bracknell Forest School Partnership. This consists of seven co-educational secondary schools with sixth forms, a pupil referral unit and a special school all part of the small friendly and successful local authority of Bracknell Forest, Berkshire.
This training programme is a one-year school based full-time route into teaching leading to the award of Qualified Teacher Status or a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and credits towards a Masters degree.
One school will be your host school, but more importantly you will be part of a wider community of trainee teachers across all the partnership schools. Your training will be carried out in conjunction with University of Reading.
The aim of all involved in the partnership is to train excellent practitioners who have a positive impact on the learning of pupils. You will take ownership of your development during your first year and establish the skills to allow you to reflect on your own learning to enable you to continuously improve during the training year and throughout your career.
Bracknell Forest is renowned for being a small, friendly and very effective local authority. New teachers often tell us how easy it is to settle in our schools and how valuable the networking opportunities are. There is a real sense of community amongst our teachers.
After the course you will be in an ideal situation to apply for suitable vacancies in any of the partnership schools .
About the accredited body
The Institute of Education at the University of Reading focuses on training you to excel in your teaching career, not just to simply pass the course.
The University is ranked in the top ten in the UK for Education and have been consistently for over a decade.
The IoE is located on the historic London Road campus. It is vibrant, exciting and centrally placed in an elegant but renovated site to suit a modern educational environment.
The University holds regular Information Evenings where you can meet the Partnership and discuss your training requirements.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Disability access varies from school to school. If you have any specific concerns about access please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org as early as possible in the application process. If your application is shortlisted we will make adjustments to ensure you can attend and participate fully in the interview process and, if successful at interview, place you in the most suitable school with training places.
The University of Reading's London Road campus is a compact and level campus. Most teaching buildings are accessible for wheelchair users, although some older buildings have limited access. They are continually improving access to buildings and operate a central room booking system so that lectures are timetabled in accessible rooms .
All University buildings are accessible by car and most have disabled parking spaces nearby.
Students with mobility difficulties may apply for a permit to park on campus, for which there is a small annual charge. Permits for Blue Badge holders are free.
There are buses into town from campuses with around 50% of the Reading buses having low floors.
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Ranelagh Drive, Bracknell, Berkshire RG12 9DA
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